How UC-Irvine Prevents Loneliness with Their Online Students

How can we make sure online students feel connected to and known by their online professors?

Reported by EdSurge, research out of UC Irvine’s School of Education found that students who struggle academically with online coursework claimed they felt both lonely and isolated by the online learning process.

The takeaway? There are a whole bunch of little things faculty can do to help increase their personal interactions with online students. Utilize 1-2 minute videos to introduce yourself and keep in contact with your students throughout the course in a personal way. Make sure you provide personalized feedback to their homework assignments vs. just a checkmark. And do the little things to make sure they feel known.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.